heart risk

  1. Low-carb 'study' doesn't actually look at low-carb diets

    Low-carb 'study' is full of low-fat lies

    The only way to "prove" a low-carb diet is dangerous is to avoid any actual study of the low-carb diet -- and believe it or not, that's exactly the kind of bull researchers pull all the time.

    Just take a look at the latest research out of Sweden, which supposedly links the low-carb diet to heart disease and death.

    How many of the 140,000 people tracked for 25 years were low-carb dieters? Well... none. Or maybe all of them. We don't know because the researchers don't either.

    Instead, it was a look at nationwide "trends" with just the weakest of associations between one lifestyle and another. So as low-fat diets became the "trend" in the 1980s and 1990s, cholesterol levels across the group fell.

    Big, low-fat deal.

    Cholesterol levels are essentially meaningless, and if you want proof just look at the health benefits that accompanied that trend: none. Or rather, if there were any, the researchers neglected to mention them (they didn't mention a lot of things in this study, as you'll see).

    But wait... because this study is about to get even more ridiculous.

    In 2002, women began going low-carb as part of a "fad." How many? Don't ask... but in 2004, men followed suit as the "fad" diet grew in popularity. How many? Again, don't ask.

    All we know is that by 2007, the overall cholesterol levels of the entire group edged up -- but if anyone suffered heart disease, diabetes, or an early death it's not mentioned in the study. And if low-carbers had a higher risk of ANYTHING, that's not mentioned in the study either.

    But this is supposed to be "proof" that a low-carb diet is dangerous -- and the media just ate it up.

    See what I'm up against?

    Fact is, if cholesterol levels rose it probably led to BETTER overall health, not worse -- especially if those increases were accompanied by a healthy low-carb lifestyle.

    Despite what you've heard, "high" cholesterol can protect your heart, brain, and muscles and slash your risk of cancer and even an early death.

    This has been proven in study after study. If you want the REAL story on cholesterol -- including the hard science that's eluded these Swedish researchers --put a steak on the grill and read this.

  2. Diabetes drug Actos in new link to bladder cancer

    Popular diabetes drug in new link to bladder cancer

    Here's what passes for "safer" these days: Bladder cancer.

    Actos, the diabetes drug that's supposed to be the "safer" alterative to Avandia, has been linked to bladder cancer so many times I've lost count -- but whatever that number is, you can now add one more to it.

    New research from McGill University in Montreal confirms that patients who take pioglitazone -- Actos -- have an 83 percent higher risk of the disease compared to those who've never taken the drug.

    But hold on a moment -- because if you take the drug for more than two years, your risk can double. And if you're unlucky enough to have the highest cumulative dose of the drug, your risk shoots up even more.

    How's that for safer?

    The ironic part of this is that's even when compared to people who took the "dangerous" drug Avandia.

    Say what you want about Avandia -- and there's plenty to say, starting with the increase in risk of stroke, heart attack, and death that got it banned -- but at least it wasn't giving anyone bladder cancer.

    Actos, meanwhile, not only appears to be linked to that cancer, but plenty of studies have linked it to its own Avandia-style heart risk.

    Should I point out again that this is the "safer" drug?

    Listen, the writing's on the wall for Actos. I don't know if it'll get the full-on Avandia treatment and end up banned or restricted, but any doc who's still giving it out at this point is badly behind the times.

    Don't look for what's next. It'll be just as bad, if not worse.

    Make strict changes to your diet, starting today -- and I mean this minute -- by removing all traces of sugar and most of the remaining carbs and watch yourself improve by nearly every measure.

    You'll eventually be able to cut back on and even eliminate meds -- and if you do it right, you'll forget you even have the disease.

    That's not a treatment. That's a CURE.

  3. Dangerous? Sure! But take it anyway

    You have to wonder what flavor Kool-Aid they drink on FDA panels, because the same group that rejected a diet drug as "too dangerous" back in 2010 just voted overwhelmingly to approve it anyway.
  4. Actos maker sued over cancer link

    Actos was supposed to be the "safer" alternative to Avandia, the diabetes drug that boosted heart risk so much that it was ultimately pulled from pharmacies. In reality, Actos might actually be just as bad for your heart. And even if you manage to survive that risk, you could find yourself in a life-or-death battle with bladder cancer.
  5. Eggs won't make you diabetic

    Imagine doing a study on aspirin and heart risk... and concluding that eggs cause diabetes. Well, imagine no more -- because researchers have managed to do just that: A "new" study that links eggs to diabetes was actually based entirely on data from two older studies -- one on aspirin and heart risk, the other on vitamins and heart risk.
  6. Slash heart risk by 50 percent?

    The polypill pushers are at it again -- and this time, they say their all-in-one drug can slash the risk of heart disease and stroke by 50 percent.
  7. Double take over diet drug

    The agency broke tradition earlier this year when it overruled one of its own panels and rejected Contrave, an experimental diet drug from Orexigen that's been shown to raise blood pressure and heart rates.
  8. Breaking up the angio-scam

    If you haven't had any actual heart symptoms, don't just ask questions -- ask for a new doc, because there's ZERO benefit for you in that ultra-radioactive screening.
  9. New rules only apply to new patients

    If you've got one foot in the grave already thanks to Avandia, the feds want to give you a little shove to help finish the job.
  10. New study pushes CT scans on millions

    A new study suggests giving half the nation pricey cancer- causing CT scans just to check for heart risk.

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